04 August 2017

A new era for AMS-IX: founder and CEO Job Witteman leaves the company

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After 17.5 years, Job Witteman will leave AMS-IX as of October 1st. Job Witteman, who was the founder of the world's largest internet exchange, will leave at the peak of development of the company, which again achieved 30% growth over the last year. The company also achieved a 15% revenue increase over the same period. The existing Management Team consisting of CTO Henk Steenman, CFO Saskia Poelman and CCO Jesse Robbers will, on an interim basis, fulfil the responsibilities of the CEO and jointly manage the organisation until a final replacement has been agreed. Mr. Witteman will provide support during the succession process. 

AMS-IX has grown to be the world's largest internet exchange, having now more than 900 customers, operating 7 internet platforms globally and a peak of internet traffic of 5.5 Tbps. In addition, AMS-IX is considered by the Dutch Government as the third main port, together with Schiphol Airport and the port of Rotterdam. This shows that the ongoing development of the digital sector and infrastructure is taken seriously. 

Job Witteman says: "After 17.5 years of helping build AMS-IX, it is time for me personally to seek new challenges and I want to see where I can add value with my knowledge and experience. With great confidence, this can now happen, knowing that the company is in top condition. I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past years. I have seen the internet grow from the time it was still in its infancy, to a place where people have access to the internet on their mobile phones and nobody can imagine a world without it. I am very proud that I have been able to contribute to this success and development and reflect on a wonderful career in this still fast-growing market. I am confident AMS-IX will keep its leading position for many years to come.”

Sylvie LaPerrière, Chair of the Supervisory Board of AMS-IX, adds: “We are grateful for Job’s contribution to AMS-IX: with a fantastic team, he has built a strong organisation which plays a significant role in the global digital economy and the internet infrastructure. We understand and respect his decision to leave and wish him all the best in the future. We will be searching for a successor who, together with the existing management team, can develop and implement a strategy for AMS-IX for the next five years and beyond.”

Short biography of Job Witteman, CEO AMS-IX

Mr. Witteman has been founder and CEO of the AMS-IX Company since it was formed in 2000. In that capacity he was one of the founders of Euro-IX, a platform for European Internet exchanges. Before Mr. Witteman joined AMS-IX, he was a founding board member of the AMS-IX Association that was formed in 1997. He is also co-founder and board member (treasurer) of DINL; the Association of the Digital Infrastructure in the Netherlands. In addition, he is a member of the Amsterdam Economic Board and has a seat on the members council of Rabobank Amsterdam.

Prior to joining AMS-IX, he was Senior Marketing Executive with UPC (Liberty/UCG) and GlobalOne/France Telecom. For both companies, he initiated the (European) Internet Service portfolio. 

Mr. Witteman was also involved in the set-up of the first commercial pan-European ISP EUnet. He holds a Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics from the Amsterdam University.